Beautify Your Surroundings With Art

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Beautiful art for your home, office, restaurant or business makes life more enjoyable. There is such a variety in the selection of the art available that you are sure to be able to find something that will appeal to both your eye and your heart.

Framed art prints of creative abstract paintings can be chosen that feature multicolored scenes with a main color that matches your decor. Geometric shapes can be interesting to view, and all types of unique designs present themselves.

Do you prefer prints of people? Imagine the tremendous collection that would fit your particular interests or the types of activities that you like to show to others. Do you like to display celebrities or sports figures or famous politicians or artists? Many images are fine art photography prints of those people.

Especially if you are a builder or an architect, specific buildings may be what you’d prefer to display, whether they are houses overlooking lakes and gardens or other outstanding architectural designs in all types of structures.

Are you more interested in animals and nature? Choose your favorite subject and find art that expresses what you feel or is a significant scene. Especially if you have a veterinary clinic, cats, dogs, horses, or other animals will liven up your walls and make your patients feel right at home.

Perhaps you prefer the soothing and serene tranquility of a gorgeous nature painting to make your room’s atmosphere relaxing. Also, flowers come in an amazing variety and colors to enhance your surroundings.

 

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How to Design the Perfect Garden

ID-100220073Not everyone was born with a green thumb, so it often takes some help and a lot of time spent on Google when you want to do something new for the first time.  After all, even the best gardens in the world had to start from somewhere, and usually this is with a good plan.  Keep reading for a how to guide on how to design the perfect garden.

1. Create a Plan
Planning is key when designing a garden.  Take a look at the space you have available, and the materials you are working with.  Do you already have a lawn in place, or are you looking at bare earth?  Do you have a lot of room to work with, or do you need to think about what will work in a small space?  Is your garden going to be a place for the kids to play, or do you want it to be a serene and peaceful haven that you can relax in?  Assess the room you have to work with and then consider what you want your garden to look like when complete.  Include as much information in your plan as possible, as this will form the framework of the job ahead of you.

2. Talk to the Family
Before going ahead with your idea, speak to the family and ask them for their input.  Is there anything specific they want including in the garden?  Perhaps they may want you to install one of the contemporary garden rooms by GardenSpaces.co.uk, or maybe they want a water feature.  If you get input from the other members of your family ahead of time, you’ll find that the construction process goes a lot more smoothly, and they may even be willing to help out!

3. Understand Your Likes and Dislikes
Depending on your budget, it may not be possible to include everything you want in your new garden.  If you are working to a tight figure, it’s a good idea to draw up a list of things that absolutely must be included, as well as a list of things you strongly dislike and are not willing to compromise on.  This way, you will be left with some design options that could perhaps be excluded or minimised if you find your budget is tight.  It’s easier to compromise when you can choose what you are compromising on.

4. Think About the Future
It’s important to consider the future when designing a garden, as you may need to make changes should you get a pet or have a child for example.  Think about where you expect to be in five years’ time, and design your garden accordingly.  If you are currently trying for a child, consider focusing on lawn space as opposed to decorative ornaments, and if you are thinking about getting a dog, consider whether the fish pond you are planning is the best idea.  By planning for the future, you can save yourself money and stress ahead of time.

6 Ways to Jazz Up Your Teen’s Bedroom

As your children get older, it’s only natural that they want to redecorate their bedrooms in their own image. But what if they’re having a little trouble deciding what that image should be? Here are just six suggestions you can offer as an interior designer.
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1. Fresh Paint

You’ll be amazed at the changes that a simple coat of paint can bring. For example, if their room is currently done in light or neutral colors, shake things up with something bold like an electric blue or a dazzling yellow. It will transform the entire atmosphere of the room!

2. Vanity Tables

Vanity tables will bring flair to any girl’s bedroom. Add lights and additional mirrors for a “Hollywood glam” look, or have one custom-built with jewelry drawers and scarf hooks for all her favorite accessories. Hidden compartments will also make younger teens feel quite grown-up.

3. New Bedspreads

If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive way to add personality to your teen’s bedroom, look no further than king or queen bedding sets. Not only will they encourage your child to make their bed more often, but they’ll also be a definite improvement over Spiderman sheets!

4. Revamped Closet

Most people don’t give any thought to their closets, but a few changes here and there can really make a difference to teens painstakingly choosing their school clothes every day. Think about relighting, reorganizing or refurbishing the entire space.

5. Seating Arrangements

Does your teen have a lot of sleepovers or study groups? Where do their guests typically sit? You can turn their room into a great place to hang out when you add couches, chairs, benches or even just plush floor cushions for everyone chilling with your teen.

6. New Desk

Last but certainly not least, if your teen doesn’t already have a great desk for doing their homework, it’s time to give them the tools they need to succeed. Don’t cut corners with something cheap; go ahead and invest in a sturdy, stylish desk that will be their support as they struggle to finish their essays on time.

If your teenager is complaining of a dull, boring bedroom, these are just six ways to liven the place up. Not only will it make them more comfortable in their personal space, but redecorating can also be a great bonding experience between the two of you!

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Should You Attempt to Build Your Own House?

Building your own home may sound like a stupid suggestion, but it might not actually be that stupid. Remember, a self-build home isn’t necessarily one that is built by your own hands, it just means you make the decisions and you hire tradesman to do it for you. It’s quite easy, and you might be surprised about how much it costs. Let me take you through some of the facts and figures surrounding self-build homes and you might get a better idea of whether or not it’s something for you to undertake.

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Do it For Queen and Country

Now, in Britain, the government are actually encouraging people to build their own homes. Only 10% of all homes in Britain are self-builds. This is incredibly low, especially when you compare it to some of the other countries around the world:

  • Austria has an 80% rate, which is big for the world standard
  • Germany, France, and Italy are all sitting comfortably at 60%
  • Now the US and Australia are both at 40% which is low, but still nowhere near as low as ol’ Blighty.

Self-build homes are generally better than ones you find at estate agents because they come straight from you. You help design, it. It is tailor made for you, so of course it’s going to be better.

Let’s Talk Price

A lot of people will say that they can’t build their own home because they don’t have the money. They say this without actually looking at how much they cost. I’m going to give you some prices now, but they are in British Pounds, because they are the stats I have here. However the differences in prices are pretty transferable around the globe. Here we go:

(These prices are averages so they might change depending on certain factors)

  • House Price (England/Wales) = £162,000
  • New-Build Price (England/Wales) = £190,00
  • Self-Build Price (with Builders in England/Wales) = £146,000
  • Self-Build Price (without builders in England/Wales) =£84,000

So it would seem that it is actually cheaper to build your own house – and if you do the work yourself, it proves to be a lot cheaper; try nearly 50% off!

You can find my stats and more information on the BBC website.

The Difficulties

For anyone who has seen programmes like Grand Designs or DIY SOS, already know that logistically it can be quite difficult to sort it all out, you have to organise steel fabricators like cannonsteelsltd.co.uk, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, landscape architects, regular architects etc etc. The list goes on. You can obviously hire building manager type professionals who will take off a lot of the load by organising as much as possible. All you have to do with these people is give your consent and throw in the odd two pennies worth.

Maybe Give it a Go

It’s a massive decision to build your own home, but how great would it feel to be able to build your home, your way? It would be brand spanking new and would be plastered with your personality. Money can’t buy that … or maybe it can …

 

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Cordless Blinds and Other Measures Will Keep Your Home Stylish and Safe for Your Toddler

For a long time, you took great pride in maintaining a stylish home or apartment. The pillows on your couch perfectly offset the color and texture of this sitting area. Your wall accessories reflected a modern perspective. Your coffee table was a rectangle with sharp corners and metal insets. Your floors are stone tile with textures that reflect the light in interesting ways.

Now you are pregnant and realize that your interior in its current state is not child friendly. There are all kinds of ways that your toddler can injure him/herself, and that concerns you. On the other hand, you want to maintain your stylish interior, remaining quite reluctant to turn it into a gathering place for pacifiers, baby toys and stuffed animals. Is it possible to baby-proof your home, while maintaining its fashionable appearance? It turns out that, for the most part, you can keep your home looking attractive and keep your toddler safe.

The first issue to address in maintaining safety for your little one is to install covers for your wall sockets. Often, new parents buy cloudy, plastic pieces that plug into the outlet. Though small, they look cheap and unattractive. Instead, you can install a face plate that looks quite similar to your current plate, but it requires you to slide the outlet cover to the side so you can plug in. This product is child resistant and unobtrusive in addition to the fact that you do not have to remove protectors each time you want to plug in an electric cord.

The second issue to address is window treatments. As a parentless couple you and your partner installed some very cool blinds on your windows. Your visitors always commented on how great the blinds looked in combination with the rest of your décor. You want to keep your cool blinds, but you also know that they can be hazardous to toddlers and young children who can get tangled in the cords while playing. The solution is to retrofit or buy new blinds with a cordless option. Some cordless blinds come with a wand providing remote control, while others simply require a tug on the bottom railing of the blinds to activate movement. Either way, your children and those of visitors will be protected from hazardous pull cords. Best of all, you can continue to cover your windows with stylish blinds.

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A third area that is important to address is the sharp corners on your coffee table and other furniture. As a grown adult, it is easy to forget that these corners are the height of a toddler’s head. If your child is just learning to walk and she falls against a sharp corner, you may have to take her to the hospital. So how do you avoid having to fasten cushiony guards around the corners and sharp edges and ruining the appearance of that cool coffee table? Unfortunately, you cannot do it. Instead, put the table in storage and, in its place, set some large, poufy cushions that are color coordinated with the room. Your toddler can fall against them without injury. You can sit on them or put your feet up on them, but you will have to be very careful if you decide to set your coffee on these cushions.

A final issue within this topic is how to keep your couch and other sitting furniture clean, especially if they are light in color. One answer is to cover the seat of the couch with a washable throw or covering. You can find a stylish fabric that will absorb baby body fluids and food and have it made into a fitted cover for the couch cushions or tailored to look stylish. If your baby has accidents on the couch, simply remove the cover and wash it.

Having a baby is a joyous part of life that should be celebrated, but it does not have to mean the end to your stylish interior.